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Eagles plan to take a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft, says Jeffrey Lurie

Who will it be?

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The Philadelphia Eagles may have spent big money in order to re-sign Sam Bradford and acquire Chase Daniel in NFL free agency, but the team is not done adding talent to the quarterback position. According to Chariman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles plan to add another passer through the 2016 NFL Draft. Lurie touched on this topic while addressing media at the NFL owners meeting in Florida, via Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice:

"We’re still looking for a third quarterback, somewhere in the draft, like we used to do," said Lurie. "We would always, each year, or every other year, try to draft a quarterback. At some point that’ll probably continue as long as there’s quality throughout the draft, and you can identify how you want to develop a quarterback over time. It’s not somebody who has to step in (immediately), then hopefully we can find somebody throughout the draft."

Lurie's quote isn't exactly ground-breaking. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has already revealed that he'd love to take a quarterback from this class and develop them over time. The Eagles have the luxury to be patient with a rookie passer since they have Bradford in place as a short-term starter.

There are other signs that point to the Eagles drafting a quarterback. Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is reportedly set to meet with the team for an official pre-draft visit. One report states the Eagles, who don't currently own a second round pick, plan to draft a quarterback within the first three rounds. Another report indicates there was talk at the NFL Combine that the Eagles wanted to move in position to select one of the top three quarterbacks in this year's class. It's fair to wonder if Philadelphia's trade up from No. 13 to No. 8 was done with a quarterback in mind.

The Eagles own nine selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, including four picks in the top 100. It remains to be seen which round the team will decide to pull the trigger on a passer. In the meantime, the only thing that is clear is that Bradford is the team's starter in the short-term.

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